Abortion law “in place,” abortion textbook urges pro-choicers to now consider women’s sadness post-abortion

By Sarah Terzo

A textbook intended to train abortion workers how to counsel patients says

“The opposing argument originally put forward by feminists tried to minimize the emotional effect of termination on women. This appeared vital during the struggle for abortion as any discussion of ambivalent feelings or possible harmful effects could, they thought, have weakened their cause. Now that the law is in place and safer from attack, pro-choice supporters can afford to look at some of the emotional costs to women themselves.”

For example, they say:

“… Most studies identify a variably sized group of women who do seem to experience significant psychological sequelae which are not always short-lived.”

Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn. Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996) pp. 141, 142.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.